Harriet Usher
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Joined 03-04-09, id: 656749, Profile Updated: 04-10-13
Author has written 6 stories for Humor, Supernatural, Historical, General, and Love.


Hello. :) So, my name is Harriet, except that's a barefaced lie, because who uses their real name on this site? I've always loved to scribble down stories, which are also barefaced lies, only everyone knows, which apparently makes it okay. I wrote my first story when I was eleven, and although it was objectively awful, I like to think I have improved since that age. (No. You may not have a copy. If there was a copy floating around out there somewhere, I would find it and burn it.)

I write predominantly fantasy and horror, although I love to use historical settings for both, and I frequently sideline in surreal humour pieces. I like romance, but get bored when it's the central focus of the story. My favourite writers are probably Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, J.K. Rowling, and to a lesser extent, Holly Black and Stephen King. They're also probably the writers who influence me the most.

Some of you may remember I used to write on here maybe a year and a half ago. Some of you may not. Either way, I disappeared rather suddenly, and for that I apologize, but I'm back now. I will be posting mainly short stories for the interim, but Lord knows where I'll go. Currently I'm working on my first full-length novel, but it's in such a mess, I don't feel confident about posting it on here.

Right. I want tea. Do take care, all of you.

With love

- Harriet Usher

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Your own death, and how to cope with it by Nausikaa reviews
"Only the week before, Laura's therapist had suggested that she try looking at herself from another angle. Get a new perspective, he said. As she looked down at her dead body, Laura still thought this was bullshit."
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Tragedy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,402 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 3/29/2013 - Published: 3/28/2013
On Duty by Fortescue reviews
A park, a haircut and a meeting with Death.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 832 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/27/2013 - Complete
How to Make a Cup of Coffee by Decidedly Undecided reviews
A step-by-step guide for those prone to caffeine addiction and spontaneous bouts of contemplation. Rated T for excessive introspection and references to stimulants.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 421 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/21/2011 - Complete
White Rice by Wai-Jing Waraugh reviews
A brief meeting with a Chinese boy in a hospital cafeteria. He tells a story about someone he lost... but that person may not be quite as 'lost' as they seem...
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: K - English - Drama/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,599 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/19/2009 - Complete
The Tale of Mr Bellamy by Decidedly Undecided reviews
Mr. Bellamy's greatest wish in life was to visit the city. The problem: he was a scarecrow. However, the lonely little crop prop came to learn that sometimes, good things do come to those who have faith in their dreams.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 661 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/4/2009
How to Write a Fictionpress Summary by The Mumbling Sage reviews
In this essay, I explain how a summary can draw the most attention with the most relevant and interesting information about your story. You can use up to 255 characters in your summary-make them count!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,509 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 24 - Published: 3/29/2007 - Complete
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The Fourth Wife
"You are safe, but do not wander the halls alone: I can attest, some of the shadows bite." Inspired by the Bluebeard fairy tale. Rated for hints of adult themes and general darkness.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 219 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/1/2013 - Complete
A Poem About A Yak reviews
This is what happens when I try to cheer up my friends. Nothing but unrestrained silliness, really.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 147 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/31/2013 - Complete
Three Last Thoughts reviews
After a brutal and bizarre massacre at the school prom, the sister of one of the victims investigates, convinced there is a supernatural explanation. But life is darker than the stories paint it to be, and some doors are better left shut. Criticism appreciated, given I want to rewrite this.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Horror/Mystery - Chapters: 9 - Words: 17,393 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 7/14/2013 - Published: 4/1/2013
Evergreen reviews
Frank Weatherly was at Oakfield House long before anyone else, and no doubt he will be there long after we are all gone. See, he understands that a job is for life.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Mystery/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 803 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/31/2013 - Complete
Biology reviews
When Mike met Etta, he thought she was weird, and a bit pathetic. He didn't think she was dazzling, or hypnotic, or glamorous, or any of the other stupid adjectives a love story would use. But he did care, by the end.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,084 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/29/2013 - Complete
Fruit reviews
It was when she hit him with a magazine and screamed, in the middle of a crowded shopping mall, that he had to either break up with her or stop having sex with fruit that Darren knew it was just going to be a bad day. Deals with limited adult themes. Mildly irreverent.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: T - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,815 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/28/2013 - Complete